That sorrow, more profound than many people had expected, is a measure of the affection and respect in which he was held.
Posts Tagged: Royal Navy
Nicolas Clark: The Government’s defence plans are based on a stark choice – ‘go large’ or ‘go smart’
Even if a large conventional military suited Britain’s needs, the public is not prepared to pay for one.
Wallace has done well to win an exceptional defence settlement, but it may not be enough to fund all the Integrated Review’s ambitions.
Garvan Walshe: The Integrated Review’s tilt to Asia could leave us vulnerable closer to home – and Putin
The impulse of Brexit is to prove Britain’s openness by striking out, but this tilt increases our security dependence on Europe.
James Sunderland: The Integrated Review. To project power in the world, we musn’t skimp on support arms and force protection
And if that projection is to be effective, we will need to invest in our operating bases – and not just at traditional sites.
David Gauke: Is Britain really set to become a low tax, less regulated, free trading, buccaneering country?
Despite a surprisingly liberal migration policy, the bulk of the post-Brexit evidence so far suggests not.
James Sunderland: The Armed Forces have risen to the challenges of Covid. Parliament must not waste this opportunity to repay them.
The delay to the review, historic increases to defence spending and rumoured cuts to troop numbers paint a picture of an organisation in flux.
America’s result is having knock-on effects in Downing Street: see yesterday’s green speech and today’s defence news.
His instinct to bring together various reserves to create a ‘Second Line’ was crucial in the First World War; leaders today should take inspiration.
The future was that we would be colour-blind. Instead, wokeism tells us we should see each other as members of different races.
Daniel Hannan: Does the army really still need tanks? Or the navy aircraft carriers? Or the rest of us, the Trident system?
Let’s have a no-holds-barred strategic review which asks how we can best defend our interests given the vertiginous acceleration of military technology.
Tory MPs, Downing Street and the Treasury are poised to clash over plans to cut the army to 60,000. Who will win out?
One MP said this is more than enough for Islamists here, not nearly sufficient for Estonia and “for the Middle East, you’d want something in between”.
Julian Brazier: Without preparing the UK’s territorial waters for No Deal, the EU will think we are blustering
From fishing to illegal immigration, Britain must make preparations to give its claim of “walking away” some weight.
This year’s Security, Defence and Foreign Policy review provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce Britain’s place as a leader in this field.
Andrew Gimson’s Conference sketch: Wallace declares that he is not setting out to be a popular Defence Secretary
The Defence Secretary confirmed that he has scrapped the zero-tolerance approach to drug-taking in the armed forces, and commanding officers now have discretion.